Westfield We are Dining – The Meat Co and Searcys

Shop-Stop-Eat at Westfield London:

Westfield is my nearest shopping centre.   Less than 10 minutes on the train from home, full of luxury brands and, rather dangerously, some great places to eat out.   Right now, until the end of February there are a whole range of special offers in most of the restaurants to tempt you in.

The Meat Co Exterior

When you walk into the main shopping centre the first thing you will find is a parade of restaurants, including The Meat Company, a South African steakhouse.  I was keen to try and had heard great things, although in fairness reviewing a restaurant on Monday afternoon isn’t necessarily going to provide a great ambience.  When we arrived the bar area was empty, although I’ve walked past plenty of times in the evening to see a lively crowd.  But, the advantage of a quiet bar is that you get to chat to the staff who were, without exception, helpful and friendly.

meat  Co front of house

I like the idea of The Meat Co.  Good quality steak, simple dishes and excellent wine.  Sounds about right doesn’t it?

the Meat Co Bar

We started by sharing a plate of Boerewors,  a grilled African beef sausage on a bed of pap (polenta).  Nice but not remarkable, at £9.  Of course I have no way of saying if it was authentic or not.  It WAS beautifully presented though

Boerwors Sausage and polenta

We asked for recommendations for our main course steaks and ended up ordering the ‘mushroom New Yorker’ and a super aged rib-eye.

I enjoyed the mushroom New Yorker, but if I’m honest it was just a little disappointing to find quite a lot of fat and gristle lurking under the sauce.  My order, medium rare, was reasonably served but at £32.50 for a small steak I expected something a little better.  As the menu isn’t particularly clear, I asked the waiter what the base steak was and was told that it was New York Strip Steak.  In fact, it seemed fattier and gristlier than my companion’s rib-eye.  Perhaps it simply wasn’t properly trimmed.

Meat Co Steak mushroom new yorker

My companion fared rather better with his rib-eye, which was remarkably lean by comparison.  He’d ordered his steak with a side sauce of blue cheese and vodka which was quite delicious.

Meat & Co Ribeye

Sides of creamed spinach and green beans and cherry tomatoes were excellent – as were the hand cut chips

Beans and Tomatoes

We shared a desert, the iconic malva pudding (£6.50), Nelson Mandela’s favourite dessert with  £1.00 of every sale at The Meat Co. donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. A rather wicked sponge with apricot jam, this was  a fruity take on sticky toffee pudding.

Meat co Dessert

 

And, we did very much enjoy our wine, a £30 bottle of  7even Rood 2010 from South Africa which was easy to drink and a good match for the steaks.  The wine list is extensive and there are options from under £20, although I’d recommend trying one of the mid-range South African specialities.

Would I return?  Well, yes, but on the basis of what we tried I’d probably avoid the speciality steaks which seemed expensive for something that wasn’t up to the offerings of something similar at Goodman or Hawksmoor .  I suspect the burgers provide rather better value along with some of the South African specialities like the boerwors or the beef ribs.

Searcys Champagne Bar 1

On to Searcys for champagne, we really enjoyed our tasting of two champagnes.  I do occasionally indulge in seafood and champagne at the airport when I am flying somewhere and have time to kill.  And, I’ve been to Searcys in Westfield before because just as now, they often have promotions that are almost unavoidably when you are shoppping.  Right now you can enjoy a range of offers including a £10 champagne lunch with an open sandwich and a glass of champagne or 30% off selected bottles.

Searcys - Laurent Perrier

Now, if you pop along to Westfield in the near future, make sure you go to the concierge desk and pick up a ‘we are dining’ booklet or download it from the Westfield site.  That way you can take advantage of the great discounts on food and drink during January and February.  And I’d recommend trying the special set lunch at the Meat Co or one of the Searcys offers.  Both excellent ways to eat out in style on a budget
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Comments

  1. They sounds very interesting!

  2. Heidi Roberts says:

    That steak looks fantastic! I do love meat.

  3. All of the food looks amazing Fiona and I like the look of this place……may pop in for the discount booklet!

  4. Shame about the gristle on the steak as it is so easily avoided, but have to say the mushroom sauce looks divine!
    Janie x

  5. The sponge with the apricot jam looks delicious.

  6. Great tip about picking up a discount booklet from the concierge desk. Didn’t even know that. I live near the Stratford Westfield and just checked their website. They too are offering 30% off champagne bottles at the Searcy bar. Am chuffed to have discovered this and off to enjoy some bubbly.

  7. Mmmm, that steak’s looking exceedingly appetising to me right now, despite the gristle. The mushroom sauce looks positively dreamy. I’ve not been to Westfield but would love to pay a visit and drool at the shops and restaurants one day!

  8. The burger ,hand cut chips and your friends order of steak look so good! I was in Westfield but the one at Stratford last week though for me too the closest is the one at Shepherds Bush,missed getting myself a copy of the discount booklet will do it when I head there again.

  9. A shopping centre is not somewhere I’d ever have thought to go for a meal.

  10. Place looks awesome! I was always wondering if it’s worth to go there, your pictures looks so tempting :)

  11. that sounds quite tempting.. the specials to have champagne. I love indulgences like that but rarely have that opportunity. BUT this sounds lovely (except your steak -disappointing for you I am sure)

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